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Jordan Watson

Ph.D. Student

17109 Pt. Lena Loop Road
Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute
Juneau, ak 99801
(907) 789-6411
University of California Santa Barbara
B.S. (Chemistry)
University of Washington
M.S. (Fisheries)
NAUI scuba instructor
Anderson, S.C., E.J. Ward, A.O. Shelton, M.D. Adkison, A.H. Beaudreau, R.E. Brenner, A.C. Haynie, J.C. Shriver, J.T. Watson, and B.C. Williams. 2017. Benefits and risks of diversification for individual fishers. PNAS. 114(40):1079710802. doi:

J. C. Gann, L. B. Eisner, S.Porter, J. T. Watson, K. D. Cieciel, C. W. Mordy, E. M. Yasumiishi, P. J. Stabeno, C. Ladd, R. A. Heintz, E. V. Farley. 2015. Possible mechanism linking ocean conditions to low body weight an poor recruitment of age-0 walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) in the southeast Bering Sea during 2007 Deep Sea Research II.

Bishop, M.A., J.T. Watson, T. Morgan, K.J. Kuletz. 2015. Pacific herring consumption by marine birds during winter in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Fisheries Oceanography . 24(1):1-13.

Watson, J.T. and K. A. Bigelow. 2014. Trade-offs among catch, bycatch, and revenue in the American Samoa longline fishery. Conservation Biology. 28(4):1012-1022.

Kobb, K.M., N. Westphal, H.R. Sayani, J.T. Watson, E. Di Lorenzo, H. Cheng, R.L. Edwards, C. D. Charles. 2013. Highly variable El Nino-Southern Oscillation throughout the Holocene. Science. 339:67-70.

Watson J.T., C. E. Lennert-Cody, T. E. Essington, and M. A. Hall. 2009. Trade-offs in the design of fishery closures: silky shark bycatch management in the eastern Pacific Ocean tuna purse seine fishery. Conservation Biology . 23(3):626-635.

Hansman, R.L., S. Griffin, Watson, J.T., E.R.M. Druffel, A.E. Ingalls, A. Pearson, and L.I. Aluwihare. 2009. The radiocarbon signature of microbial organisms in the mesopelagic ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . 106(16):6513-6518.

Han, Y.J., J.T. Watson, G.D. Stucky, A. Butler. 2002. Catalytic activity of mesoporous silicate-immobilized chloroperoxidase. J. Mol. Cat. B - Enzymatic. 17:1-8.

Research Overview
We use satellite location data to build models of how fishing vessels move in groundfish fleets across the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. With this information, we can improve estimates of when and where fishing occurs during a particular year or season and how that may be changing over time. Such information can be linked with both ecological and economic data to examine how changes in fish distributions, climate or fishery regulations may impact the fleets. For example, do fishers have to travel farther at greater cost - to find the fish during years with warmer water temperatures?
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